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How to Design Graduation Yard Signs and Banners

By Naomi Myrick


It’s almost that time of year! It’s finally your grad’s turn to be anticipating the final days of class and imminent summer freedom (except for that part-time job). Decorate your yard with some yard graduation signs and banners!

Designing either product is super easy. In this little guide, we will go over what to include in your designs and more!

Let’s get started on saying, “congrats, grad”!


Chapter One: Picking a Yard Sign, Yard Banner (or both)

Chapter Two: What to Include in the Yard Design

Chapter Three: What to include in the Banner design

Chapter Four: Yard Sign Finishing Options

Chapter Five: Banner Finishing Options


Chapter One: Picking a Yard Sign, Yard Banner (or both)

You can choose to use both signs and banners. Yard signs outside, banners inside. Or you can simply place some directional yard signs around the neighborhood and county highways. It depends on your community (rural vs city) and also your budget.


If you’re located on a typical city block, with bustling traffic and crowds of people, then a banner may draw more attention to your graduation gathering. Whereas, if you reside in a more suburban or rural location with large expansive yards and country highways, then it may work out better to use multiple yard signs for directional and informational purposes.


It’s just a fact that a couple of banners will cost more than a couple of yard signs. Though one yard sign probably won’t do much in the way of gaining foot traction to your graduation party, it’s a start! One colorful, great-looking banner may be well worth the cost depending on your decorating needs. So, we recommend determining your budget before designing and choosing your product(s).


Chapter Two: What to Include in the Yard Sign Design

The important things to include on your sign are the address, date of the event and perhaps your graduates last name. There are also some things to consider when designing the sign. You should keep in mind the surface area, amount of info to share and if you want to feature any photos. Surface Area Because yard signs have a smaller given surface area than banners, (usually 18” x 24”), the design should be more specific. Lawn signs are usually used for brief messaging and advertising — be it for a business or graduation party. They’re also used for directional purposes like pointing people to garage sales. Information Some suburban neighborhoods are literal labyrinths! So, it is important to clearly print the address of the party or event and a contact number in case people get lost. Back in my advertising sales days, I saw plenty of phonebook and online advertisements that failed to include basic contact information. Granted, I worked in the middle of WY and everyone knew everyone. Incomplete marketing however, left visitors (like me) wondering where restaurants, salons and other businesses were actually located. So, help out your guests by giving them the information they need to arrive on time and stay stress-free!

What you’ll need:

  • Flag
  • Tape Measure
  • Screws
  • Hanging Clips (optional)
  • A tall friend or step ladder

Step One: Measure and Align

To begin, use a tape measure to level the wall space perpendicular to the floor where you are going to hang your flag. This will help make sure it hangs straight. Unless of course, you prefer a skewed reality. We understand. 

Step Two: Mark Top Edge With Tape

Once you’ve decided where the top (left-headered grommeted portion) of the flag will go, mark it with painters tape or masking tape. 

Step Three: Install the Screws

Just like you would do while hanging a picture, line up the screws in place on the wall where the clips will attach to the grommets on your flag. Screw them in the wall (avoid studs, The Bachelorette is on at 7pm anyways). 

Step Four: Free the Hanging Clips

Release the two hanging clips from their packaging. Clip them to the screws on your wall. 

Step Five: Hanging the Flag

Take your flag and unfurl either side. Grasp one grommeted part in your hand and attach the grommet to the hanging clip. Repeat this process with the other grommeted part. You now have a (we hope straight) flag hanging on your wall. 


How to hang Your Custom Flag Vertically: Using Pole Pockets

Pole pockets are great for wall mounting a flag vertically! This method gives a regal look to your flag. You’ve commonly seen these flags hung at churches or banquet halls. 

What you’ll need:

  • Flag
  • Tape measure
  • Screws
  • Pole

Step One: Measure

Just like the aforementioned hanging method, you must measure out where you’d like to place the banner on your wall. Make certain it is level.

Step Two: Screws

Put the screws into the wall where you’d like your banner to hang.

Step Three: Pole pocket and pole placement

Locate the pole pocket on the left-headered side of the banner. Insert the pole or dowel into the sleeve. 

Step Four: Hang the banner! Wa-hoo!

Take your banner and hang it on the wall. Congrats, you’re done!



Naomi Myrick

Marketing Generalist

Naomi Myrick is a content creator and marketing generalist at She has a diverse background in sales and customer service, but her real passion has always been writing. She is originally from Minneapolis, MN. and is a recent transplant to central MN. Naomi enjoys fishing, hiking and loves hockey. 


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